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Public Affairs Contacts for Press Inquiries

The USGS has public affairs staff located across the country to respond to reporters questions. We are readily available to help reporters find an expert on a variety of earth and biological science topics.

Public Affairs Officer: Anne-Berry Wade, 703-648-4460

For general inquiries contact: 703-648-4460

For information related to earthquake events contact: 303-273-8500
(USGS National Earthquake Information Center)

State Contacts for Press Inquiries

Eastern States
(AL, AR. CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, VA, VI, VT, WV)

Vic Hines, Eastern States Communications Chief, 813-855-3125
Hannah Hamilton, 703-648-4356

Central States
(AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, OH, OK, SD, TX, UT, WI)

David Ozman, Central States Communications Chief, 303-202-4744
Heidi Koontz, 303-202-4763
Jennifer LaVista, 303-202-4764
Marisa Lubeck, 303-202-4765

Western States
(AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, WY)

Justin Pressfield, Western States Communications Chief, 916-335-1211

Donyelle Davis, 626-202-2393

Primary POC for:
  • California Water Science Center
  • Earthquake Science Center (in So. Calif)
  • Leslie Gordon, 650-329-4006
    Primary POC for:
  • Volcano Science Center
  • Earthquake Science Center
  • Western Geographic Science Center
  • Geology, Minerals, Energy & Geophysics Science Center
  • Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
  • National Research Program in the Water Mission Area (Western Branch)
  • Paul Laustsen, 650-329-4046
    Primary POC for:
  • Alaska Science Center
  • Western Fisheries Research Center
  • Northern Rocky Mountains Science Center
  • Western Ecological Science Center
  • Pacific Islands Ecosystems Science Center
  • Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
  • Ryan McClymont, 503-251-3237
    Primary POC for:
  • Climate Science Centers (AK, NW, SW, and Pacific)
  • Water Science Centers for WA, OR, ID, NV, & Pacific Islands

  • Congressional Affairs Contacts

    USGS Congressional Affairs staff are available at 703-648-4455. Additional information may be found on the Congressional Statements and USGS Congressional Briefing Series websites.

    Headquarters Contacts:  Phone: 703-648-4455  Fax: 703-648-5427

    Congressional Affairs Officer: Tim West, 703-648-4455

    Jeffrey Onizuk, 703-648-4242
    Covers: Energy and Minerals | and Environmental Health | Natural Hazards
    Clarice Ransom, 703-648-4299
    Covers: Water
    Chris Trent, 703-648-4451
    Covers: Climate and Land-Use Change | Core Science Systems
    Holly Fowler, 703-648-4442
    Covers: Ecosystems | Congressional Briefing Series

    Audio Visual

    Don Becker, 303-202-4770  (Email preferred:
    Steve Wessells, 702-564-4626
    Jake Massey, 303-202-4759

    External Communications

    External Communications Officer: Karen Armstrong, 703-648-4447

    Need to find a USGS contact not mentioned above? Use the USGS Employee Directory!


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